Diary: On the QT ...

Be of good cheer. The season of agency extravagance and over-indulgence is upon us. Over at Charlotte Street, Saatchi & Saatchi has shunned the usual Christmas card carry-on and opted for snowball fights in reception. Complete with real snow.

Nothing is impossible? Try telling that to the agency cleaners ... Meanwhile, the 80 revellers who gathered at the Groucho Club to celebrate the ten-year professional relationship between Bruce Haines, the Leo Burnett group chief executive, and his PA, Ann Hunter, enjoyed a party of Bacchanalian proportions. Down the hatch went 60 bottles of white wine, 31 bottles of red, five Cokes, three Diet Cokes, two Camparis and one beer ... Drinking injuries are relatively common at this time of the year but Nicole Guerretta, Concord's managing director, ended up in hospital before the agency's seasonal party had even begun. On the morning of the bash she took a tumble on the steps outside her house and spent three days in intensive care. Happily, she's now on the road to recovery ... John Brown Citrus Publishing, recently bought out by its management for £33 million, has its own in-house Santa Claus. John Brown, the former chairman, has marked his departure by giving cheques of about £500 to former colleagues. Why? Because "their efforts enable me to earn lots of money" ... It's a small world. Taking a break from the radio industry, who should Douglas McArthur, the Radio Advertising Bureau chief executive, bump into in Kyoto, Japan? Only Morag Blazey, the head of the IPA's radio group ... With tongue firmly in cheek, Sir Martin Sorrell, the WPP chief executive, names his Publicis Groupe counterpart, Maurice Levy, as one of his closest friends in the business in the latest Campaign A List. As the world knows, the pair are not exactly bosom chums and don't miss a chance to score points off the other. During WPP's successful pitch for the £350 million HSBC account earlier this year, the group showed off its global reach with a sketch of Sorrell as a French chauffeur driving HSBC chiefs to a meeting with WPP to discuss the bank's needs. The chauffeur's name? "Maur-ees."

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